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What's a Monroney window sticker for, and what does it do?
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee window sticker optionsWhat is the one thing you’ll find on every showroom floor aside from four wheels and the fear of a bum deal? The window sticker. Also known as the Monroney label, the window sticker is a universal data sheet mandated on all new passenger vehicles 10,000 pounds or less sold in the U.S. It’s meant to keep shoppers from getting swindled...
IIHS wrecks Lexus UX, we drive the Ford Explorer Hybrid, BMW i3 gets recalled: What's New @ The Car Connection
2019 Lexus UX (UX250h E-Four hybrid)2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS The 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only when equipped with certain headlights. Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system The outside world can be smelly: exhaust fumes, foul food, and farm animals. Hyundai thinks it has an answer. The Car...
The Car Connection's Greenest Cars of 2019
2020 Hyundai Ioniq [2020 Euro-spec model]Fuel efficiency is so last century. This year, we learned that energy efficiency is the new fuel efficiency, and not all electric cars are equal—even if they’re all zero emissions vehicles. Credit for that falls squarely on the Jaguar I-Pace’s broad shoulders because, although it’s an all-electric crossover, its big battery...
Ram recalls 410,351 pickups with faulty tailgate latches
2017 Ram 1500 Copper SportFiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 410,351 Ram pickup trucks that have faulty tailgate latches, the automaker said Friday. The recall affects 2015-2018 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 models equipped with 8-foot cargo beds. The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 is not affected. FCA said the power-locking mechanisms feature a small internal component that could...
2020 Lincoln Corsair to cost $36,940
2020 Lincoln CorsairThe 2020 Lincoln Corsair compact crossover will cost $36,940, which includes a $995 destination charge, when it reaches dealers later this year. The 2020 Corsair, which replaces the MKC, will come in just two variants: Standard and Reserve. Both trims arrive with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive will be a $3,600 option. Lincoln also will...
Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system
Hyundai Smart Air Purification systemThe outside world can be smelly: exhaust fumes, foul food, and farm animals. The South Korean automaker announced this week it developed a new "smart air purification system" that may appear in new cars soon. The smart system monitors the air quality inside of the car and purifies the air to an "excellent" standard, defined by heath officials in...
2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS
2019 Lexus UXThe 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only with certain headlights equipped. The insurance-funded safety body said this month that the UX aced its slew of crash tests, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. To qualify for a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn "Good" ratings in all crash tests save for the...
2020 Nissan 370Z
2020 Nissan 370ZThe 2020 Nissan 370Z is old enough to be an awkward 12-year old middle school student. With an interior that was barely modern in 2009 and a gravely powertrain to match, the Z’s old-school approach may put some potential buyers off. As far as pure sports car experiences go, however, sometimes age is a merit. We give the 370Z 4.8 overall...
The Car Connection's Lowest Rated Cars of 2019
2018 Dodge JourneyBad things happen to the best among us. Just ask U2. Automakers are no strangers to bad compositions themselves. Although some of the lowest rated cars on our list for 2019 have withered over time, some were never fruitful in the first place. There’s no common denominator among our dogs—poorly performing cars come in all shapes and...
The Car Connection's Best Looking Cars of 2019
2019 Lexus LC500hBeauty isn’t abstract, it’s a formula. For cars, beautiful is measured in the number of heads turned on the street, multiplied by the number of parking lot stares, divided by the number of right angles, which is added to the inverse of its general availability. It’s all very scientifical mathematism, you see. The prettiest cars...
2020 Elantra gets a price bump, Cadillac XTS bites the dust, and California considers EV only: What's New @ The Car Connection
2013 Ford Fusion270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk Ford announced Wednesday that it would recall hundreds of thousands of Ford Fusion sedans for a shifter cable that could split and cause the car to roll away. 2020 Hyundai Elantra adds safety tech, to cost $19,870 New safety tech and a dropped standard manual transmission are the reasons for the...
NHTSA investigates Chevy, GMC pickups over power steering loss
2019 Chevrolet ColoradoThe NHTSA has opened an investigation into the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks to determine if a previous recall left out thousands of pickups. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Tuesday that the probe aims to uncover more details about power steering loss in both of General Motors' mid-size trucks after the...
270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk
2016 Ford FusionFord on Wednesday said that it will recall about 270,000 2013 through 2016 Ford Fusion sedans to fix transmissions that could slip out of gear and allow the vehicles to roll after they've been put in park. A shifter cable bushing can degrade over time and may eventually detach from the transmission. Should the bushing separate, the transmission...
2019 Ford Ranger recalled for transmission fault, rollaway risk
2019 Ford RangerThe 2019 Ford Ranger has been recalled over a faulty transmission shift cable bracket that could allow the pickup truck to roll after being put into park, Ford said Wednesday. In total, about 2,500 2019 Ranger pickups in the U.S. may have transmission shift cable brackets that were not torqued to the proper specification. Over time, the cable and...
2020 Hyundai Elantra adds safety tech, to cost $19,870
2019 Hyundai ElantraThe 2020 Hyundai Elantra costs $1,750 more than last year's model to start, but it comes standard with previously optional active safety tech and a new fuel-saving transmission that boosts fuel economy to as high as 35 mpg combined. Hyundai said Thursday that 2020 Elantra shoppers will be met with a base price of $19,870 for a 2020 Elantra SE...